Shift
Shift Shift, v. i. 1. To divide; to distribute. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Some this, some that, as that him liketh shift. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

2. To make a change or changes; to change position; to move; to veer; to substitute one thing for another; -- used in the various senses of the transitive verb. [1913 Webster]

The sixth age shifts Into the lean and slippered pantaloon. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Here the Baillie shifted and fidgeted about in his seat. --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster]

3. To resort to expedients for accomplishing a purpose; to contrive; to manage. [1913 Webster]

Men in distress will look to themselves, and leave their companions to shift as well as they can. --L'Estrange. [1913 Webster]

4. To practice indirect or evasive methods. [1913 Webster]

All those schoolmen, though they were exceeding witty, yet better teach all their followers to shift, than to resolve by their distinctions. --Sir W. Raleigh. [1913 Webster]

5. (Naut.) To slip to one side of a ship, so as to destroy the equilibrum; -- said of ballast or cargo; as, the cargo shifted. [1913 Webster]


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